champion

Dwarves Must Fight for Dwarves

My Sunday stream this week featured some makeover time with a handful of alts, starting with Axli Shingshing, my dwarven champion. It’s a real challenge to get everything to look just right on the dwarf body type, because the proportions are so much different than on taller characters. When I first spotted this robe, however, it was being worn by a dwarf that I happened to pass by, and I knew I had to add it to my collection of cosmetics.

Axli 02

I love the details on the sleeves and along the front of this chest piece, it’s very reminiscent of Celtic knotwork, and also very dwarven. There are similar details in most places in the game that are or have been home to dwarves.

Axli 03

Of course, the outfit wouldn’t be complete without a matching pair of axes, and there are even axes on his cloak!

Shoulders: Hardened Dwarf-make Iron Shoulder Guards, gold dye (Crafted T2, similar appearances can be found on landscape)
Back: Enduring Cloak of Fleetness, white dye (Scaled Instance drop)
Chest: Insightful Assault Robe of the Deep, white dye (Crafted T9, Helmingas barter or guild recipe)
Hands: Fingerless Gloves, purple dye (Yule Festival)
Feet: Polished Boots of the Dunland Shieldman, gold dye (Dunland quest reward)
Axes: Crafted Axe of the Stalwart (Level 20 lootbox reward)

Let’s Talk Champions

Yesterday’s blog post was going to be the new outfit for my Gladden burglar that I spent much of the evening putting together, and while that post may still show up this week, I really just want to take the time to express some opinions about the awesomeness of champions. Particularly the champions’ red trait line.

While the “shing-shing” sound is probably one of the most recognizable sound effects in the game, the echoing, earth-shattering quaking sound that accompanies Devastating Strike is so familiar to me that I can pick it out from farther away than I can actually see other players. I’m not one to crunch numbers, but traiting the single-target red line has always felt faster to me, more so than the blender technique available in yellow line.

Teri Traits Red Line

For the curious, this is how Teriadwyn on Landroval is currently traited: lots of red, a bit of blue, and enough yellow to get the shing-shing that is Raging Blade. She’s missing some points, but this + essence gear is what lets me solo through tier 2 duo skirmishes, as seen on Sunday’s stream. And yes, that includes a tier 2 duo of Icy Crevasse.

Outfit: Heavy Nadhin Armour, sea blue dye (Dol Amroth faction barter, also random BoE pieces drop on the landscape)
Steed: Steed of the Ship-kings (Pelargir reputation barter, Central Gondor)

Teriadwyn of Gondor

A while back, there was a special deal in the LOTRO Store where they included the Steed of Minas Ithil for free if one purchased the Steed of the Citadel Guard. Around the same time, there was also a sale on cosmetics, including the Cloak of the Citadel Guard, and I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to let my Landroval Teriadwyn have a matching horse and cloak. She is, after all, the “main” Teriadwyn, and she happens to be from Gondor. Running around in Minas Tirith, where the color scheme is all black and silver, prompted me to come up with an outfit to go with the cloak and horse.

Teri Unhorsed

Incidentally, atop the walls of various tiers of the White City are some great places for screenshots, particularly with that close-to-Mordor dawnless day sky.

Teri with Cloak

Head: Scarred Helm of the Pren Gwydh Warrior, black dye (Dunland quest reward)
Shoulders: Fine Grey Company Wrap (Epic Story Volume 3 quest reward)
Back: Cloak of the Citadel Guard (LOTRO Store purchase)
Chest: Breastplate of the Five Rivers, black dye (Eastern Gondor quest reward)
Hands: Fine Grey Company Gauntlets (Epic Story Volume 3 quest reward)
Feet: Boots of the Charging Stag, black dye (Dunland quest reward)
Horse: Steed of the Citadel Guard (LOTRO Store purchase)